Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants respects the personal information of its membership and visitors to both the picpa.org and picpa.com websites. We know you are concerned about the confidentiality and security of your financial and other personally identifiable information you provide to us. PICPA makes every effort to protect and use such information responsibly and appropriately.
From Visitors: PICPA does not collect any personally identifiable information from general visitors to our websites. Like many other Web sites, www.picpa.org makes use of log files. These files merely logs visitors to the site - usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services's analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
From Members or Customers: To process certain requests from members or customers (such as, registration for CPE programs, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services) PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request voluntarily from the user. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and membership number) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. At no point does the PICPA collect any of this information in an involuntary manner.
General Visitors: All information collected from general visitors to the sites is anonymous and does not contain any personally identifiable information. This information is used in an effort to analyze trends so we can continue to improve upon the content and services we offer on our websites.
Nonmember Customers: All information collected from nonmember customers is used to process certain voluntary requests made from such nonmember customers (such as, registration for CPE programs, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services or products). PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected in order to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. The contact information is collected for billing purposes and to contact the user if a problem should arise with their purchase or service request.
PICPA Members:To process certain requests from members (such as, registration for CPE programs, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services) PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request voluntarily from the user. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected in order to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and membership number) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. At no point does PICPA collect any of this information in an involuntary manner.
For certain areas of the site a user name and password are required. We require this information to provide for automation and ease of use with CPE registration, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services that are provided on our site for PICPA member only use.
Third Party Disclosures
PICPA does not disclose or release any personally identifiable information to any third party, with the following exceptions:
- PICPA may disclose confidential information if made in response to a valid order of a court or authorized agency of government and will work to establish a legal means to limit such disclosure and only disclose that segment of confidential information which counsel advises must be disclosed.
- PICPA may disclose personally identifiable information to authorized PICPA affiliates that have been approved by PICPA Council to provide certain programs and/or services to PICPA membership.
Links to Other Websites and Online Advertisements
PICPA websites picpa.org and picpa.com contain links and/or advertisements that link to other sites that have been provided for your ease of use.
www.picpa.org has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
What is a cookie?
DoubleClick DART Cookie
→ Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our site's visitors based upon their visit to www.picpa.org and other sites on the Internet.
Why do we need cookies? Cookies on the PICPA site are used to enable enhanced features, such as the CPE Shopping Cart, member login process, My Membership, and others. They also allow us to customize certain areas on the site based on the user's interests.
Will cookies compromise my privacy? We want to assure you that we are committed to protecting your confidentiality and do not store any personally identifiable or financial information in any of the cookies on our sites. All of the cookies on our sites are known as persistent cookies. This type of cookie will remain on the users machine for 90 days. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers website.
E-mail Discussion Groups
As an added member benefit, PICPA offers a collection of e-mail discussion groups to its members in an effort to facilitate general communication, sharing of ideas, and networking opportunities between members. When you post a message to any of the discussion groups our system will automatically attach your name and e-mail address to the message. This is done to facilitate communication between members if they choose to respond to the individual who posted the message rather than the whole discussion group.
Even though PICPA staff will periodically review the content posted to the discussion groups, PICPA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on the sites by others. If you elect to post any personal information to any of the discussion groups, by nature of the service, all such information will be shared with all members of the discussion group to which the message was posted.
Secured Pages: PICPA makes certain types of information available to its membership by means of secured pages of its website. Access to these pages is restricted by means of a user name and password that the PICPA disseminates to the appropriate individuals.
PICPA members are responsible for keeping his/her logon information secure and should never share this information with any other individual with the exception of current PICPA staff when the need should arise.
Order Processing: All personally identifiable financial information that is voluntarily collected on our website is done using the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 2048bit encryption and supports the highest level protocol by modern browsers (TLS 1.2). Access to this information is protected from outside intrusion and our employees are not permitted to disclose (to outside individuals or organizations) any information they have access to as a result of their work.
We believe it is important to provide added protection for children online. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to observe, participate in and/or monitor and guide their online activity. www.picpa.org does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian believes that www.picpa.org has in its database the personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 13, please contact us immediately (using the contact in the first paragraph) and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
PICPA Contact Address
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ten Penn Center
1801 Market Street, Suite 2400
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 496-9272
Fax: (215) 496-9212